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First-Year Class Largest, Most Academically Successful in UNH History

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9/14/2011 12:14 AM
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Sept. 14, 2011

WEST HAVEN, CONN -- The first-year class which arrived on campus this fall comprises the largest and most academically successful class in the University’s history.

The nearly 1,300 first-year students represent an increase of almost 30 percent over the 1,005 freshmen in last year’s class and an 86 percent increase over the 700 freshmen who started five years ago.  

In addition, undergraduate applications to the University were up 38 percent last academic year and have grown annually for the last five years.

The surge in applications in recent years is primarily due to several major UNH initiatives, including the addition of 15 new degree programs and more than $100 million worth of new construction completed on campus in the past seven years.

“The University’s transformation over the last few years has clearly attracted not only more students but more high achieving applicants as well,” said President Steven H. Kaplan. “We have invested heavily in improving the University during this time. As a result, students and their parents have reacted favorably to the growth of our programs and the improvements in the physical plant.”

This year’s freshmen class includes 30 percent in-state residents and 70 percent from outside Connecticut.  Their SAT scores were up 10 points over those of last year’s class and up 34 points over the incoming class two years ago.

This year’s entering class arrived with an average grade point average during their high school careers of approximately 3.4 on a 4.0 scale, up slightly from last year.  The average G.P.A. has continued to increase over the last six years.

“Clearly, the University’s momentum continues on an upward trajectory. We are looking forward to another successful school year,” Kaplan said.

The University also continues its growth as a primarily residential campus with 85 percent of this year’s freshmen living on campus.

A leader in experiential education, the University of New Haven provides its students with a valuable combination of solid liberal arts and real-world, hands-on professional training. Founded in 1920, UNH is a private, top-tier comprehensive university with an 82-acre main campus. The University has an enrollment of approximately 6,400, including nearly 1,800 graduate students and more than 4,600 undergraduates, the majority of whom reside in university housing.

The University offers 75 undergraduate and graduate degrees through the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Business, the Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences, the Tagliatela College of Engineering, and University College. University of New Haven students study abroad through a variety of distinctive programs.